Wisconsin rejects “context” argument in domestic violence case

Wisconsin rejects “context” argument in domestic violence case

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Wendorf v. Wendorf 12AP269 http://www.wicourts.gov/ca/opinion/DisplayDocument.pdf?content=pdf&seqNo=103966 , though not formally published, is notable for the Court’s refusal to accept the wife’s alleged extramarital affair as a “context” for domestic violence.  It appears that the husband became upset after finding a contraceptive, and assaulted the wife.  In essence, his argument appears to be that the abuse was understandable because he was suspicious and mad at his wife.   Both the trial judge and the Court of Appeal, rightfully recognizing that this is the 21st century, dismissed this argument. Such excuse or “context” is not a consideration or justification for domestic violence.

Published by David Kowalski

Attorney David Kowalski is the founding owner of Kowalski, Wilson & Vang, LLC, handling all family law cases from divorce, paternity, child custody, termination of parental rights, restraining orders, and guardianships.

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